Posted in Sick, To Do List


I have been OUT.OF.IT. Sunday evening I came home from Jim’s mom’s house feeling completely fine. Sometime in the night I woke up with a sore throat. When I got up on Monday it was on fire. Made it to Laura’s alleged bone scan at the local hospital, where I was informed that their machine was not detailed enough for a 3D scan on a pediatric case. Oookay, thanks. Went home. Went grocery shopping, where I had to stop here and there to catch my breath. By the time I got home, whatever it was that I had had hit full force. Slept horrendously that night. Yesterday I spend the ENTIRE day on the couch, getting up to make tea and go to the bathroom. That’s it. Slept fabulously. Woke this morning, hoping to feel well enough to go to DuPont  for Laura’s new and improved bone scan. Nope. Still rotten. Call and reschedule for Friday. Lay on the couch some more. I’m having a few bursts of energy here and there (like now), but nothing I can count on. I HAVE to do some laundry (on my last decent pair of underwear!) and make fudge for gifts for tomorrow. I WILL do both these things in the next 7.5 hours. In between resting on the couch.

I have kissed the idea of Christmas cards and a family portrait good-bye. Neither one is going to happen before Christmas. Priorities!

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7 Quick Takes Friday

1. 9 days until Christmas. Gulp! I’ve been so busy! Gift buying is thankfully finished, as is the first batch of fudge (and mostly given out today, the last day of school for my local-school kids. The tree is still only trimmed with the kids’ things and the adult stuff is still out. I haven’t wrapped, gotten our picture (and my hair SO needs to be colored!) or even thought about cards. Why, o why, does our Lord’s birth have to be celebrated with such a long to-do list??

2. Laura Update: The rheumatologist thinks it’s probably arthritis, but wants to wait for the blood work results as well as the bone scan. Blood work was yesterday, bone scan is on Monday. In the meantime, she’ll be on Naproxen (prescription strength Alleve) and needs orthotics in her shoes (gets fitted next Thursday). This morning I asked her how she felt after the Naproxin had time to take effect. Her answer? NOTHING HURTS!! For the first time in almost 3 months! Hallelujah!

3. I admit that I’ve been running around a little like the proverbial chicken with its head cut off. We haven’t had this medical stuff in so many years that I’m out of practice with it. I have, however, been keeping everyone (pediatrician, nurse, even gym teacher!) in the loop–I’m a FIRM believer in inclusion when it comes to information. The more everyone knows, the better they can handle the situation.

4. My next-door neighbor and I are building a nice new friendship. It’s hard working around kids and her work schedule, but I’m happy to have a “next-door friend” again after losing my last one when she moved.

5. Pursuant to #4, I’m babysitting her son for a few hours tomorrow. He’s 16 months old.  Consequently, I need to get on my hands and knees and see what he can put in his mouth and choke on. The older kids get, the smaller their toys get!

6. One of my children is really doing a LOT of lying lately. I’m not one to be a good mother and sit down and look at verses on stuff with the kids, but in this case, this child and I are going to do just that. We’ll look up the verse and what God has to say on lying and that child is going to write it down. Because both Jim and I are getting extremely fed up with the situation!

7. I wish I could think of a seventh thing, but I just can’t. Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

Posted in Health, Kids

Which of You by Worrying Can Add a Single Hour to Your Life?

So. Laura’s MRI went off without a hitch. She did fabulously well–laying still for about an hour. Then we met with the surgeon, who again examined her, only more thoroughly this time. Then he asked about her activities.

??? I thought. School, piano lessons, DS, TV, playing like a regular kid.

Because, apparently, her pain follows the bone line between her legs (the ischium) and is common with horseback riding, or pro bicycle riding. Obviously things Laura does not do.

He wants us to see a rheumatologist, which we are doing tomorrow at DuPont in Delaware. I just couldn’t do that drive to CHOP one more time. This past visit it took us 1 hr 45 mins to get there. DuPont about an hour away.

He said in two of the last six cases of this kind of pain it was autoimmune. I didn’t know what that meant, but have since learned he meant arthritis. She’s also experiencing pain in both her feet, so that lends itself to the diagnosis as well. I haven’t been this nervous about a doctor appointment in YEARS–since they were little, little ones and all their medical problems were at their height. We’ve had such smooth sailing for so many years that I’m out of practice with this.

If you are a pray-er, please pray for Laura.

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7 Quick Takes Friday

1. 3 1/2 weeks until Christmas. I’m slowly making my way through my gift-buying. I really need to sit down and put some major thought into it, or I’m going to be too late and then freak out.

2. Laura’s MRI is scheduled for Thursday. We’re going to try and attempt non-sedated (she’ll watch a movie), because the first sedated MRI slot was more than a week later than that! We’re again heading in Philadelphia, but I’m going  a completely different way, which should alleviate a lot of the stress. Theoretically at least.

3. I’m surrounded by many piles in my house. Paperwork, art stuff, decorations…I really need to buckle down and deal with them. But blogging is so much more fun, don’t you think? 😀 However, I’m hosting bible study next Tuesday, so the house will look FABULOUS by then!

4. The kids are starting the countdown to the end of school. The local school’s last day is the 16th, which I personally think is insane. I would rather have had a shorter winter break and a longer spring break. Sigh. What am I going to do with them all those days before the new toys hit??

5. We just found out that one of our kitties, Winky, is in renal failure. We’re trying her on a special low-protein kidney cat food to see if that helps. I’m not looking forward to breaking the news to the kids that she’s very sick. They adore her.

6. I just got Thum at the drugstore. You paint your kids’ nails with it to encourage them to stop biting their nails. Both Bennett and Laura chew their nails a LOT. I’m a cuticle picker, so they come by it naturally. Let’s hope this helps!

7. We started reading the Advent passages last night while decorating our Advent calendar. It’s a large felt Christmas tree with 24 felt pockets with felt decorations. My mother’s next door neighbor handmade it back in the late 60’s/early 70’s. I remember being thrilled at reaching December 16th because whoever did that day got to put up Baby Jesus. I love passing down this tradition to my kids!